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Wildlife Adoration and Admiration
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“Our village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it. We need the tonic of wildness – to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe…We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander…We can never have enough of nature…”
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854
 
Your Wildness Connection
What is your tonic of wildness? Imagine the next time you sleep under a star-studded sky, not only would you hear the wild voices of the night, but a new wild sound would join the night chorus – a wolf’s howl. For many of us, this is something we only dream about and hope to experience in our lifetime. Now that day is here – it is now a real experience for us.  As wolves return to the Pacific West states of California, Oregon and Washington, they do so on vastly different social, political, and ecological landscapes than elsewhere in the country. This creates opportunities and challenges unique to this region and this is a founding element of why the Pacific Wolf Coalition was formed and why our work is so important.
 
Wolves define wildness – untamed and free-spirited - but they remain misrepresented and misunderstood. Our friends at the Endangered Species Coalition have launched a campaign speaking to the fact wolves are a public asset and belong on the landscape, reflecting the feelings of many citizens. Join this movement, engage and educate others. This is the Big, Not Bad campaign. Check it out: Enjoy the short video about the benefits of wolves, share the love and tell others why you love wolves and there’s an opportunity to purchase “Big Not Bad” shirts until February 28th. 
[Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service]
 
What’s Happening in the Pacific West?
 
OREGON NEWS:
As the review process of Oregon’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan (Plan) is underway, at this point in time we’ve learned the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) has indicated some kind of “controlled hunt” of wolves will be included in its proposals for the Plan. On April 21st, the ODFW Commission will hold a meeting in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The public will have a chance to testify about any proposals ODFW puts forth. Especially if you reside in Oregon, add this important date to your calendar. You can also send your written thoughts via email to: odfw.commission@state.or.us. The ODFW will release its full proposals in early April. Here’s some recent articles regarding this matter:
 

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WASHINGTON NEWS:
A bill, House Bill 1872, (HB 1872) proposed in the Washington state legislature would prematurely remove protections for gray wolves in a significant area of the state – the northern portion of Eastern Washington. The Washington State House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources heard testimony on February 15th regarding this bill. Several member organizations of the Pacific Wolf Coalition, including Conservation Northwest and the Humane Society of the U.S. and others, expressed opposition to this proposed bill.
 
We are pleased to share that following the hearing on February 15th, this bill did not pass, but the need to remain vigilant regarding this proposal is greater than ever. Please join us in keeping a close watch on this. Here's a few articles and announcements regarding HB 1872:
 
February 17thWashington lawmaker’s wolf bill gets heard, but not passed
 
February 15thStatement in opposition to legislation delisting wolves in northeast Washington

February 13thAction Alert: Please contact your WA State Representative today!
 
[Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service]

Other News and Announcements:
 
February 10th: Defenders of Wildlife, Press Release
Pioneering Study Reveals Nonlethal Wolf Deterrents Effectively Protect Livestock Across Large Grazing Areas
(Pioneering Study Reveals Nonlethal Wolf Management Techniques More Effective Than Lethal Methods in Reducing Livestock Losses)
Click here to access the study.

CALIFORNIA:
 
February 8thRanchers, Farmers Sue to Keep California Gray Wolves Unprotected
January 31st: Ranching groups challenge gray wolf’s endangered status in California

OREGON:

February 16thGone But Not Forgotten – OR4 in NYC

WASHINGTON:

February 15thNews Release: Study of wolves’ effects on other wildlife gets underway in eastern Washington 

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It’s difficult to express in words the gratitude we have for your engagement and connection to the work of the Pacific Wolf Coalition. There’s much more work to be done and we appreciate your help in being a voice for wolf recovery. Join us and stay involved! Be sure to visit us on Facebook too, via Pacific Wolves.

For the wolves,
 
Lindsay
Coordinator, Pacific Wolf Coalition
coordinator@pacificwolves.org
Copyright © 2017 Pacific Wolf Coalition, All rights reserved.


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